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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

53A SP. THORIUS

Sp. Thorius (tr. pl. end of 2nd cent. BC; RE Thorius 2), when Tribune of the People (F 3), proposed a Lex Thoria agraria (LPPR, p.318) concerning public land; details and the identification of the law with any of those mentioned

On Lex Thoria agraria (F1–3)

F 1 Cic. Brut. 136

[Cicero:] Sp. Thorius satis valuit in populari genere dicendi, is qui agrum publicum vitiosa et inutili lege vectigali1 levavit.

F 2 Cic. De or. 2.284

= 24A F 2.

F 3 App. B Civ. 1.27.122

καὶ περιῆν ἐς χεῖρον ἔτι τοῖς πένησι, μέχρι Σπούριος1 Θόριος2 δημαρχῶν εἰσηγήσατο νόμον, τὴν μὲν γῆν μηκέτι διανέμειν, ἀλλ᾿ εἶναι τῶν ἐχόντων, καὶ φόρους ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς τῷ δήμῳ κατατίθεσθαι καὶ τάδε τὰ χρήματα χωρεῖν ἐς διανομάς. ὅπερ ἦν μέν τις τοῖς πένησι παρηγορία διὰ τὰς διανομάς, ὄφελος δ᾿ οὐδὲν ἐς πολυπληθίαν.

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53A SP. THORIUS

53A SP. THORIUS

in Appian and with the inscriptionally preserved Lex agraria of 111 BC are uncertain and controversial (on the difficulties see, e.g., Badian 1965).

On Lex Thoria agraria (F 1–3)

F 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Sp. Thorius had considerable proficiency in the kind of speaking appealing to the People, he who freed the public land from tax payment by a flawed and inexpedient law.1

F 2 Cicero, On the Orator

= 24A F 2.

F 3 Appian, Civil Wars

And there was even less available for the poor, until Spurius Thorius, a Tribune of the People, brought forward a law, providing that the land should no longer be distributed, but should belong to those in possession of it, and they should pay rent for it to the People, and that this money should go to distributions. Thus, there was some consolation for the poor through the distributions, but no positive effect for increasing the population.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019